Lens, a season reminiscent of 1998


After an almost perfect start to the season, the Lensois occupy third place in the Ligue 1 standings. The enthusiasm around the club is reminiscent of that of the year of the title, 1998.

Stéphane has a smile, his eyes sparkling. This long-time RC Lens supporter is savoring every moment of this season.  » It’s a crazy thing ! We haven’t experienced this since 1998, the year the club was crowned champion of France! »

Indeed the “Sang et Or” team has an almost perfect record: it is still undefeated in the league and occupies third place in the standings. It has five wins and two draws, a start to the season seen only three times in the club’s history, the last time, in 2002, the club finished second. “The places for the matches are snapped up… As soon as the tickets go on sale for a match, everything goes in one day! » says Stephane, “The most moving thing is to see new faces; people who were not too interested in the club before and are now seduced! Even the bars that broadcast the matches are sold out! » and for good reason, Lens offers an enticing game. Romain, another supporter, praises the solidarity of the players “They work hard together, fight for each other! This is what the public wants to see! « .

The team always projects forward, does not remain curled up. The club have scored 16 goals this season and the record of coach Franck Haise is very good. Under his leadership, Lens averaged 1.64 points per game, enough to equal the record set by « Druide » Daniel Leclercq. A very high average obtained almost twenty years ago.

The club has succeeded in recruiting intelligently, notably with goalkeeper Brice Samba. The Sang et Or have above all managed to keep their captain, the charismatic midfielder Seko Fofana, approached for a moment at PSG.

The other asset of Lens is of course the public, considered one of the best in France, including by the opponents. Adil Rami, defender of Troyes, even paid tribute to Lensois supporters in a video posted on social networks.

This year, Lens is therefore preparing to vibrate to the end, “The last day, we will travel to Auxerre, like the year of the title in 1998! I see a nod to history! » Stéphane has fun supporting him, always with a smile.

Next home game, Sunday 2 October against Lyon



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